New Delhi: Bharti Telecom Limited, the promoter company of Bharti Airtel, has on Tuesday sold 2.75% stake in Bharti Airtel to institutional investors through an accelerated book building process in the secondary market. The allocation was done to over 50 accounts with top 10 getting two-thirds of the overall allocation.
"The total sale proceeds of over ₹8,433 crore ($1.15 billion) was over-subscribed multiple times with healthy mix of all categories of investors, long only and hedge fund investors across geographies in India, Asia, Europe and the United States of America (US). The stake sale was anchored by several existingand new shareholders and several marquee global mutual fund complexes, sovereign wealth funds, multi-strategy funds and domestic institutional investors in sizable quantities," Bharti Telecom said in a statement.
Bharti Group and Singtel will continue to own a majority stake in Bharti Airtel at 56.23 %, even after the transaction.
The sale proceeds will be utilised to fully repay debt at Bharti Telecom Limited, which was raised primarily to finance the acquisition of Bharti Airtel equity shares in the past. With Bharti Telecom Limited becoming a zero debt company Bharti Airtel’s credit profile will also be augmented as it will stand to benefit from deleveraging on a consolidated basis including any debt of promoter holding company.
Announcing the successful placement, Harjeet Kohli, Group Director, Bharti Enterprises, said: “The strong and wide response received from a diverse mix of investors across geographies, even during challenging global macro-economic conditions, clearly demonstrates the competitive strength and the long term prospects of Bharti Airtel. On the back of such a strong demand from international and domestic investors, the amount raised was increased to $1.15 billion. With the proceeds, Bharti Telecom Limited will become a zero debt company providing an even stronger financial flexibility and capacity to provide any additional shareholder support as may be desired by Bharti Airtel from time to time."
J.P. Morgan India Private Limited acted as the sole placement agent for the secondary placement.